VIDEO: Syrian regime weapon with orange smoke may be Chlorine gas — or just a missile

Published May 25th, 2015 - 03:01 GMT
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke. (Twitter)
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke. (Twitter)

Reports have come out of Latakia saying the Syrian regime has struck again, not with any normal weapon but one that contains orange smoke.

A video released on YouTube by rebel supporters shows large clouds of orange-yellow smoke emanating from the coastal city in the northwest. Sound familiar? Maybe you'd recognize the description. 

The smoke strikes a resemblance to some other Chlorine gas attacks in the past. But there's something else out there that not a whole lot of people know about: a P-15 missile that emanates the same clouds of orange smoke.

There are conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion that killed four, including three civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was a drone that crashed. Others claim it was a rocket, but it's hard to imagine how it would end up in a government stronghold

One thing is pretty clear: The attack came from the regime. The orange smoke seems to narrow it down, and many initially thought it was another use of chemical weapons.

The P-15 missile, however, is another arsenal that the government holds. It emanates the same cloud of smoke.

Take a look yourself: 

Here's the P-15 (Twitter):

And here are some previous Chlorine gas bombs (Twitter and BBC):

 


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